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List Number - 8

Name on maps:

Scwd Einion Gam / Waterfall.

English Name:

Cascade of Snow - or perhaps Waterfall of Snow

Place:

Pontneddfechan

River:

Afon Pyrddin

OS Outdoor Leisure Map: 12

OS Landranger Map: 160

Map Reference: SN891093

Approximate Post Code:

Google Map

Rating (1 is low,5 is high): +

Access: Travelling the A465 from Merthyr Tydfil towards Glynneath go towards Pontneddfechan, A4109. (Left off the duel carriageway). After going under the underpass take the first right at the first crossroads onto the B4242. After a pub, The Angel, followed by the Pontneddfechans Public Conveniences. Park somewhere in this area and take the parked footpath opposite the WC and behind The Angel Inn, through some metal gates onto a well made up path which runs next to the river Nedd Fechan. After about 20 minutes there is an iron bridge where the river, Pyrddin joins Nedd Fechan. Keep on the same side of the river and you will reach the Scwd Gwladus. There is a small viewing platform here. To get to the top of the falls either return to the bridge and cross here and go up the right hand bank of the river Pyrddin or ford the river. The rocks on this river and particularly at the top of the fall are like ice. Now once at the top of Scwd Gladus follow the path through the woods and along the flat rock at the edge of the river. You cross and re-cross the river many times. Follow paths up slippery banks to be presented with impassable sheer drops only to be forced to return. Wet and bruised feet were unavoidable on the day we made the trip. As we had done a lot that day I nearly gave up but wow we rounded a bend and spent a long time there. Magical!

 

 

Comment: Have to walk along the, slippery riverbed to do this one. But it was very pretty on the day that we went there.

This apparently is a very difficult fall to photograph because it rarely falls into full light. This is a still taken from video so we were very lucky

 

These links below will soon be broken but, Paul Saunders the owner has agreed that I can use them for now, but I will need to link to the page when he has reformated his site. The pictures are so good though!

 

http://www.wilderness-wales.co.uk/pg/yf/segf75.jpg

 

http://www.wilderness-wales.co.uk/pg/yf/segs60.jpg

 

 

 

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